PandaBed has been connecting open-minded homeowners with eager travelers who want an authentic local experience since its inception in 2013. Now offering over 10,000 properties, they have been successful in overcoming the many obstacles that arise when trying to promote sharing economy in such a culture-driven market. In order to overcome these obstacles, the founders introduced a new way to connect guests and hosts in a more personalized way that considers diet, religious, cultural, and personality characteristics.
History of PandaBed
PandaBed was created in 2013 by best friends who shared a passion for traveling off the beaten path. After James Chua and Lester Kang finished their studies in Los Angeles, California, they returned to Singapore to start their corporate careers. Soon after, they tried to plan a trip around Asia and experienced difficulties when trying to find alternative lodging. This made them realize how much growth potential there was in the shared economy segment of travel in Asia and helped them come up with the concept for PandaBed.
Things To Know About PandaBed
- PandaBed's PeerMatch helps connect guests and hosts based on 3 criteria: cultural fit, dietary preference, and personality match
- It only takes 1 minute to create a profile to be used for the PeerMatch technology!
- Using PandaBed can help you save up to 50% compared to traditional hotels
- PandaBed's site includes videos from some of their hosts - a great way to see the real benefit of a local host
- PandaBed upholds a 24 hour money back guarantee - so there is no risk in booking!
- For Hosts - It is 100% free to list your home on their site!
How To Use PandaBed
PandaBed has created a simple interface in order to offer a seamless experience for users. When you first load the homepage, enter the location you would like to go to, along with your dates and the number of guests traveling with you. Once you have done so, you will be taken to a search results page that allows you to further narrow down your search.
If you have a few properties that you would like to compare, click on the heart in the top right corner of the tile to add the property to your favorites list. This function will only work if you choose to sign-up or login to the site.
If you are not sure where you would like to go, but you know you want to go to Asia - scroll down on the homepage to reveal some inspiration that can help you decide. There you will find featured cities such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok that have pictures and properties that you can browse through.
What People Are Saying About PandaBed
"PandaBed, an Airbnb competitor, goes beyond the matching of supply and demand alone. The platform provides the ability to host and guest also match based on things like religion, ethnicity and religion."
- Platform Social Business
"PandaBed’s approach is adapting sharing culture to urbanized modern Asian society."
- Diane, PandaBed Customer
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